April showers bring May flowers? Am I noticing a brightly colored trend in this week's gallery must-sees? In-house gallery hop expert Alex Allenchey presents his list of the top five shows to see this weekend.
... plus three extra for the true art junkies...
Todd Bienvenu @ yours mine & ours - thru 5/14
Psyched for a summer that seems just so tantalizingly out of reach? Todd Bienvenu’s newest show will help sate cravings for sun-soaked days, with its scenes of outdoor galavanting and poolside revelry. Often rough and a little lewd, it’s hard to find paintings more fun than these, which knowingly depict eminently relatable vignettes. Read more about his “riffing on devices that are part of painting tradition, but making them contemporary” in this interview on Two Coats of Paint.
Michael Williams @ Gladstone - thru 5/6
Whether you’re ready or not, digital processes are creeping into the painting canon. Featured in the recent (and hotly contentious) painting survey at MoMA, Michael Williams continues this anti-analog push, exhibiting works that often begin as digital drawings before being printed and painted, transforming and manipulating recognizable subjects into a vast and otherworldly chaos.
“The Paperweight Show” @ Fisher Parrish - thru 6/4
Fans of the former gallery-cum-functional art showroom 99¢ Plus will be delighted to know that its spirit lives on as Fisher Parrish, Bushwick’s newest art/design space. Continuing in the previous gallery’s habit of staging atypical exhibitions, their inaugural show features more than 100 paperweights, created by an array of emerging and established contemporary artists. While an increasingly rare object these days, I think it’s pretty safe to say you’ve never seen weights like these.
Keltie Ferris @ Mitchell-Innes & Nash - thru 5/6
Perhaps better known for her massive and multicolored abstractions, Keltie Ferris makes painting a little more personal in this presentation of a different body of work that focuses on, well, the body. Head uptown to see Yves Klein-like prints the artist creates by pressing her body on paper and covering the impressions in pigment. Surprisingly ethereal, the works give off a ghostly vibe.
“Vatic Utterance” @ Trestle Gallery - thru 5/5
The fusion of language and art serves as the overarching motif for this intriguing group show at Sunset Park’s Trestle Gallery. Taking its title from a poem by the late Rene Ricard—whose work was just on view at Half Gallery—the exhibition highlights work by a dozen au courant artists, each of whom visually incorporates text in a variety of ways.
EXTRA BONUS OPENINGS
Because you can never have too many options for weekend evening plans:
Opens FRIDAY, 4/28: Alex Ebstein @ Victori + Mo
Ebstein’s fab collaged yoga mat constructions will be surrounded by a immersive studio-esque installation at the 56 Bogart-based gallery.
Opens SATURDAY, 4/29: "Triad"/Alex Sewell @ FiveMyles
Crown Heights residents should definitely check out the intricately detailed painter’s paintings group show “Triad,” as well as the 90s nostalgia pieces by local artist Alex Sewell.
Opens SUNDAY, 4/30: Shara Hughes @ Rachel Uffner
You might have recognized Shara Hughes’s paintings at the Whitney Biennial, and you can see more of her fantastical landscapes in her new show at Rachel Uffner. If you do make it out to the LES, go early and see Jackie Saccoccio’s stunners at 11R, they’ll get you in the right mood for Shara’s colorful exuberance.